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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in Ashville, we use the following websites to find information relevant to Ashville and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for Ashville:
    • 32.152930, -91.179278
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on Ashville
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named Ashville ...

We found ten communities that share the name Ashville.

Within Louisiana, the name Ashville is unique.

Beyond Louisiana, we know of another ten communities that are located throughout in the United States and Canada. Of these ten communities, nine are located in the United States and one is in Canada.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Alabama
      • Saint Clair County
      • This Ashville is located in Saint Clair County and lies 307 miles [494.1 km]<1> to the east northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Saint Clair County community of Ashville.
    • Florida
      • Jefferson County
      • This Ashville is located in Jefferson County and lies 456 miles [733.9 km]<1> to the east southeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Ashville.
    • Illinois
      • Schuyler County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Illinois community of Ashville [Schuyler County].
    • Kentucky
      • Jefferson County
      • This Ashville is located in Jefferson County and lies 519 miles [835.2 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Jefferson County community of Ashville.
    • Maine
      • Hancock County
      • This Ashville is located in Hancock County and lies 1,503 miles [2,418.8 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Hancock County community of Ashville.
    • Manitoba
      • This Ashville lies 1,391 miles [2,238.6 km]<1> to the north northwest of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
    • New York
      • Chautauqua County
      • This Ashville is located in Chautauqua County and lies 943 miles [1,517.6 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Chautauqua County community of Ashville.
    • Ohio
      • Pickaway County
      • This Ashville is located in Pickaway County and lies 695 miles [1,118.5 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pickaway County community of Ashville.
    • Pennsylvania
      • Cambria County
      • This Ashville is located in Cambria County and lies 909 miles [1,462.9 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cambria County community of Ashville.
    • Virginia
      • Fauquier County
      • This Ashville is located in Fauquier County and lies 876 miles [1,409.8 km]<1> to the northeast of the Ashville that is located in Tensas Parish.
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Fauquier County community of Ashville.

Curious and Interesting Names Near Ashville ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Allen
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the east)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Allen have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Allen
    • Allen is located in Warren County (MS)
  • Dearborn
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Dearborn have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Dearborn
    • Dearborn is located in Tensas Parish
  • Fortune Fork
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fortune Fork have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fortune Fork
    • Fortune Fork is located in Madison Parish
  • Grand Gulf
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Grand Gulf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Grand Gulf
    • Grand Gulf is located in Claiborne County (MS)
  • Hopewell Landing
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell Landing
    • Hopewell Landing is located in Tensas Parish
  • Hurricane
    (2 miles [3.2 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hurricane have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hurricane
    • Hurricane is located in Warren County (MS)
  • King
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for King have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for King
    • King is located in Madison Parish
  • Lake Bruin
    (12 miles [19.3 km] to the south)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lake Bruin have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lake Bruin
    • Lake Bruin is located in Tensas Parish
  • New Quarters
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for New Quarters have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for New Quarters
    • New Quarters is located in Tensas Parish
  • Pecan Landing
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Pecan Landing have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pecan Landing
    • Pecan Landing is located in Tensas Parish
  • Wildcat
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildcat have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildcat
    • Wildcat is located in Tensas Parish

How Far From Ashville to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers, Almanacs & Directories that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a community such as Ashville to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers and using the location of where the historic<4> community of Ashville once stood, the straight-line distance beginning in Ashville and extending to:

  • Saint Joseph, which is the Seat of Tensas Parish, lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<1> to the south southwest. If you could walk a straight line from Ashville to Saint Joseph, with an average speed<5> of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour, it would take most of a day to make the trip. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take five to six hours.
  • Baton Rouge, which is the State Capital of Louisiana, lies 117 miles [188.3 km] to the south (S). Driving, with an average speed of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, would take about two hours, a buggy would take 5 days and walking would take 7 days.
  • The White House (Washington, DC) is 919 miles [1,479 km] to the northeast (NE). Driving would take most of two days, a buggy would take 36 days and walking would take 53 days.
  • The shortest distance<6> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 6,798 miles [10,940.3 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<7>
  • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 7,514 miles [12,092.6 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<8>
  • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 5,389 miles [8,672.8 km] and it lies to the northeast (NE).<9>

The official website for State of Louisiana: louisiana.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Ashville) to Point B.Our distance measurements begin at a specific point in Ashville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 32.1529, Longitude: -91.1793       In this case, the coordinates for Ashville have been provided by the Geographic Names Information System (GNIS).
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Bird Creek to see Pete ... Bird Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that Ashville could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong parish. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>We use the term 'Historic' broadly and it generally means that the community no longer exists. However, it can also mean that the community might still exist, but was significantly larger or had a more 'official' existence in the past than it does now. Unfortunately our sources of data have proven to be unreliable. If you can provide us with more specific information about Ashville, please let us know so that we can improve our accuracy.
<5>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<6>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from Ashville to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<7>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 316.242 degrees.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 312.078 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 312.327 degrees.









 

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